WBAN Goes One on One
with Lucia Rijker!
By Sue TL Fox
March 31, 2005
(MAR 31) WBAN broke the news on March 18, that Christy "The Coal Miner's Daughter"
Martin was finally going to face Lucia Rijker on July 9th, in Los
Angeles, California. Rijker gained international attention after being
featured as the "villain boxer" in the Oscar Winning movie
"Million Dollar Baby". Now, Rijker and Martin will
have an opportunity to win up to a million dollars in their
upcoming fight. Both will receive $250,000 to fight, and winner
will walk away with $750.000.
WBAN got an opportunity to interview Rijker 'one on one' about
her upcoming bout with Martin...
How are you feeling now that you have finally been
able to corner Christy Martin in the ring, after literally
waiting years to have this fight?
TL Fox: How has your boxing career changed for
you since being featured in Million Dollar Baby?
More exposure than ever and a lot of new "friends"!
TL Fox: Do you feel that this upcoming Million
Dollar "boxing" card that will feature you and Martin, will lead
to other lucrative (high paying) fights?
Rijker: I had a vision/dream/prayer and I was willing to sit it
out. I think that this is important for every person with a
dream. This fight is opening the door for a new generation women
to be taken serious and I hope it will create awareness for the
2008 Olympics because we are still discriminated for being a
women ( the weaker sex) not being able to participate.
TL Fox: What plans do you have for your future after
you hang up the gloves?
Creating value for other young beings to make to best of life
with what they have.
TL Fox: Besides yourself, Bridget Riley, and Cynthia
Prouder, who were all the other women boxers in the movie? Were
they all amateur and pro boxers, or some actresses playing
Rijker: I don't know because I didn't cast them. I only worked
with Cynthia and I had the best time with her....what a
wonderful lady she is.
TL Fox: There are rumors that you were trying to
make the fight with Christy Martin a 12 round fight...is that
Rijker: I think that was a misprint in the contract, but I
am not sure because Bob (Arum of Top Rank) has only dealt with
TL Fox: Would you like to comment on something that
I may not have asked you?
Rijker: I am grateful for all the work you have done
for us women and I wish you well with the website that has grown
to be the best women's boxing website in the world.
I want to thank Clint Eastwood and Hillary for giving me the
opportunity to share my talent and knowledge with
wonderful/professional people like themselves. They are both
indirectly if not directly responsible for making this fight
Lucia, Thank you very much for taking
the time to be interviewed for WBAN!